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“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.

If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.

Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers. (via bakcwadrs)

a couple of other quotes from the article i really like:

According to this way of thinking, labor is not something one does for compensation but is an act of love. If profit doesn’t happen to follow, presumably it is because the worker’s passion and determination were insufficient. Its real achievement is making workers believe their labor serves the self and not the marketplace


Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! Before succumbing to the intoxicating warmth of that promise, it’s critical to ask, “Who, exactly, benefits from making work feel like nonwork?” “Why should workers feel as if they aren’t working when they are?” In masking the very exploitative mechanisms of labor that it fuels, DWYL is, in fact, the most perfect ideological tool of capitalism. If we acknowledged all of our work as work, we could set appropriate limits for it, demanding fair compensation and humane schedules that allow for family and leisure time.

(via mercy-misrule)

Questions :)

Rule 1: Always post the rules.

Rule 2: Answer the questions that the person who tagged you asked you and write 11 new ones.

Rule 3: Tag 11 people and link them to the post.

Rule 4: Actually tell them you tagged them.

Rule 5: Tag/link me when you’re done. I want to read them.

I was tagged by doodahdeedee

1) What is the craziest/most out of character thing you have done?

Crazy good or crazy bad? The most out-of-character thing I’ve ever done is to go live with a boyfriend one summer during college, so I didn’t have to live at home. A boyfriend I had met online. Who I didn’t really know very well, for someone who was about to be his roommate with no transportation for either of us. It all turned out well enough, in the way that I learned what it’s like to be very poor and at the mercy of various landlords and managers. And how hard it is to claw your way out of that situation without help. I think he might still be in that situation. I’m not sure.

2) Who was your first celebrity crush?

If my dad had watched more than a handful of Star Trek:TNG it would have been Wil Wheaton, but I just didn’t see enough Wesley Crusher to form a good attachment. I think my first hardcore “I like this person outside of the show” was Jonathan Brandis. We would watch seaQuestDSV and I would wibble over the smart, nerdy, under-appreciated kid stuck in a tube and rarely allowed to do anything but what they needed him for, whose only friend really was a semi-talking dolphin.

3) If you could only listen to one song ever again what would it be?

Did you mean, “what song do you want to ruin for your future self?” I go through genres and artists and bands based on mood. A song I love right now will likely be the wrong one tomorrow. I guess if I had to, I’d pick something I could sing to, something choral maybe, where I could learn the different parts and hopefully extend interest. Possibly something by Bobby McFerrin, because he’s always good for harmonics and improvisation. Or maybe just his version of the 23rd Psalm.

4) What is the most recent thing you have purchased?

Honeycrisp apples and yellow peaches at a farm stand.

5) Favourite book/film character? ( yes i know i am evil)

Right now, I <3 Bruce Banner. 

6) If i gave you a million pounds/dollars what is the first thing you would buy?

Are we counting debts? Buying myself out of debt is what I want. No more school loans hanging over my head. Then I would get a car (after the unexpected car trouble yesterday, a reliable car is super-important to me right now). Nothing too fancy, but big enough for the family. And then I would buy a house. A real house, where I can paint the walls and install cat doors and crazy shit and have a garden and no landlord to frown on things like hanging curtains. (And then I would buy myself a beautiful set of interchangeable Signature knitting needles, stiletto point. Have you seen these things? HAWT.)

7) 3 words to sum up yourself?

Perfectionistic, dreamer, sharp.

8) One thing you wish you did?

This question could go several ways. I wish I had visited Ireland, as I’ve always wanted but never had the opportunity. I wish that I had gotten good, non-religion-based therapy in high school, rather than in my thirties. I wish that I had gone to the interview with the newspaper in Indianapolis just after college, despite my raging case of pink eye (I would have been utterly overwhelmed in a journalism career, but I wish I had gone). I wish I had tried harder to get through all the snow to the hotel where the theater competition was being held, so I could compete rather than leave my friend and scene partner hanging. 

9) Have you ever questioned your sexuality/gender?

I’ve questioned my sexuality, and discovered that I am not straight despite being married to a man. I don’t really know how to label myself right now; I called myself bisexual for several years, but I’m still getting comfortable with the idea of being not just slightly different from “normal” (which I still parse internally as “right,” so a lot of work to do there), but significantly different. Maybe I’m demi-sexual. I’m experimenting with more a more masculine look when I don’t feel like being pretty, and being okay with that (non-feminine was a Very Bad Thing when I was growing up, exacerbated by being fat and thus needing to be ExtraFeminine in order to be attractive). So I’m still questioning, and that’s okay for now. 

10) Who would you swap bodies with for 24 hours?

This is going to be more depressing than you intended probably, but I want to swap bodies with someone who can run. Like, run fast and loves running, and is strong and flexible. Who can squat because their knees still bend that much, and stand up again without help. I want to feel like that just once in my life. I don’t even care what they look like, or what gender they are. I want to remember what it’s like to run because it’s so fun.

11) Last thing that made you laugh?

Explaining to my six-year-old that a “crisis” is a big problem that needs to be solved as soon as possible, and that the person using the word “crisis” is probably panicking. Him thinking for a moment, then nodding sagely: “So, my toots are a crisis.” 

These are YOUR questions:

1. You have a fever, and the only cure is _______?

2. If you could replace or improve one part/system of your body, what would it be and why?

3. If you had to choose a video game to live in, which one would it be? (You do not have to be the main character.)

4. Does your name sound like you belong to it? Is there another name that feels more like you?

5. You are a character in a book. What genre is it, and is it about you?

6. Is there a year of your life you would willingly re-live, even if you couldn’t change anything?

7. If you had to disappear from your current life, where would you go and what would you do?

8. You’re in an industrial chemical accident, which is weird because you don’t work around any industrial chemicals. You don’t die, AND you get a super-power! What is it? 

9. There’s a text post going around, wondering what would happen if a person got the best thing of every person they murdered. But what if that murderer got not what THEY thought was the person’s best thing, but what their victim considered their best thing? (For instance, murdering them for their considerable skill in archery, and instead getting their finely-shaped nose.) If this unfortunate person murdered you, what would they get?

10. That got really dark. Let’s lighten it up a little. What’s your favorite candy?

11. If you could have any great talent that you don’t currently have, in what impertinent, crude, stupid, immature way would you use it? 

Right. Tagging mamahero , lesbiansandknitting, luckyfilbert, thelifeofabibliophile, somewherebetweenrageand-serenity, meghantopus, gravelinglikeme, and um…geez, 11? I have to do all 11? God, guys, I’m sorry. You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to. Why is this hard for me? Okay, um, britswitchbits, redshirtknitting, finnemoresome, squeelokitty. Congratulations. 

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The Classics

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The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.

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KEIMENA: This page is entirely in Greek, but if you’re looking for modern Greek literature, this is the place to access books online.

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These poetry sites have works by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and others.

The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.

Poetry: This list includes “The Raven,” “O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.”

Poem Hunter: Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.

Famous Poetry Online: Read limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.

Google Poetry: Google Books has a large selection of poetry, fromThe Canterbury Tales to Beowulf to Walt Whitman. Read poems by Maya Angelou, William Blake, Sylvia Plath and more. Rudyard Kipling, Allen Ginsberg and Alfred Lord Tennyson are all featured here. On this site, you can download free poetry ebooks.


For even more free book sites, check out this list.

Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.

World eBook Library: This monstrous collection includes classics, encyclopedias, children’s books and a lot more.

DailyLit: DailyLit has everything from Moby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.

A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.

Free Online Novels: These novels are fully online and range from romance to religious fiction to historical fiction. Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.

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Prize-winning books online: Use this directory to connect to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.

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